Horsefly, Crooked Lake, Photo Destination BC Michael Bednar

Horsefly

Horesfly has many natural attractions including Quesnel and Horsefly Lakes, and hundreds of smaller lakes, rivers and creeks. It is known for its hunting, fishing, mountain biking, back country skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. There are also five impressive waterfalls to visit. Three are on Horsefly River – the Lower, Middle and Upper Horsefly Falls – and two on the Moffat River. They are well-marked and there is some hiking involved but definitely worth the trip. Horsefly Lake is 55 km (34 mi) long and known for its crystal clear water and gentle nature. The Lake’s Provincial Park offers recreational opportunities and the lake is so clear you can see the bottom of the lake from a depth of 60 m (20 ft) or more making it excellent for swimming.

The region is also rich in wildlife that make their home in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. The region is plentiful in buffalo, deer, elk, moose, and of course caribou. These animals are the most frequently hunted animals in the region. There are also healthy populations of snipe, pheasant, goose, and duck, which are hunted in season. More experienced hunters can find wild boar, and even alligators.

Eureaka Peak in the winter, near the Crooked Lake Resort in Horsefly.

Location

Located 72 km (45 mi) east of Williams Lake and approximately 50 km (31 mi) along paved road from 150 Mile House on Hwy 97.

A Step Back in Time

Horsefly wasn’t the biggest, but they were the first, when gold in the Cariboo Gold Rush was first discovered in the Horsefly River in 1859. Following that discovery, miners ventured further north to Likely, Quesnel Forks and Barkerville.

When the gold miners moved on many people stayed, farming the fertile land, trapping the extensive wilderness, logging the forest and mining on a smaller scale. Today, this quiet rural community offers visitors friendly hospitality, spectacular views, walking trails and the picturesque Horsefly River.

The Crooked Lake Resort, in Horsefly, viewed from across the lake.

Contact Information

Horsefly Tourism

Horsefly & Nearby Accommodations

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Crooked Lake Resort

Crooked Lake Resort

Horsefly

A beautiful, picturesque spot in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, private and secluded. An off the grid, remote wilderness resort where our guests can escape the pace and encumbrances of modern day life, to enjoy seclusion, solitude and back-country recreation. We invite you to be our gues ... Read more
Plato Island Resort & Marina

Plato Island Resort & Marina

Quesnel Lake

Welcome to Plato Island Resort and Marina. Relax and enjoy. Park your RV permanently or a few days. Bring your boat or rent a cabin or a couples-only romantic luxury tent. ... Read more
Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Lac La Hache

Ten-ee-ah Lodge is the only property on the 11 km long Spout Lake, in the heart of the Cariboo. (28 km from Hwy 97). This remote place combines the attractions nature has to offer with gracious living ... Read more
Whispering Willows Campsite

Whispering Willows Campsite

Williams Lake

Whether you are looking for an overnight rest area, or a longer term home-away-from-home, we offer both tenting and fully serviced sites. Our fully serviced pull-thru sites include water, power and sewer, with level and easy access for large RVs. We also offer sites with water and power only, and un ... Read more
Drummond Lodge & Motel

Drummond Lodge & Motel

Williams Lake

If you want to be surrounded by nature while having easy access to downtown Williams Lake, then Drummond Lodge & Motel is the ideal accommodation. Walking distance to the stampede grounds, restaurants, shops, Scout Island beach and scenic trails, our motel is the perfect base for your fun filled tri ... Read more
Williams Lake Stampede Campground

Williams Lake Stampede Campground

Williams Lake

The Stampede Campground is owned and operated by the Williams Lake Stampede Association, which is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers. Seasonal onsite campground hosts occupy site #50. The campground is open (weather permitting) from mid-Apr to mid-Oct. ... Read more
Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park

Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park

Lac La Hache

Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park is relaxation at its finest. Bring the entire family to enjoy beautiful Cariboo while staying at Kokanee Bay. Situated along the shores of Lac La Hache, guests will have their days filled with fishing, swimming, hiking or soaking up the sun. Our accommodation ranges from ... Read more
Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Eagle Creek

Visit one of the most beautiful guest ranches in British Columbia! Offering the perfect combination of ranch and lake activities, Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort is the ideal destination for the whole family to enjoy a fun vacation. Stay in one of our three luxurious log cabins with picturesque views ... Read more
Reynolds Resort

Reynolds Resort

Canim Lake

Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, Reynolds Resort is the perfect family vacation destination to create fun memories and traditions. For the fishing enthusiasts, enjoy fantastic fishing for BC rainbow trout and kokanee. Other outdoor activities offered are hiking, swimming, boating, ... Read more
Rainbow Resort

Rainbow Resort

Canim Lake

Our small, quiet campground has large naturalized sites and offers a variety of hook-ups. All sites have 15 amp power and water hook ups. Some have sewer hook-ups. Central showers, laundry facilities and sani dump are also available. ... Read more
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